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DESCRIPTION Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY, and colleagues reported online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions that it is especially important the preprocedure "time-out" checklist be done just before vascular access and led by the "physician taking ultimate responsibility for the procedure."

The sample time-out checklist provided in the document included these six items, all of which can be  included in our customized checklist board:

•    Patient's name and medical record number
•    Procedure to be performed (e.g., left heart catheterization, coronary angiography, right heart catheterization)
•    Route to be used (e.g., right femoral artery)
•    Confirmation that the equipment needed is available or alternatives are available including intended stent type for PCI or cath-possible patients
•    Patient's allergies and pre-medication if appropriate (e.g., heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, contrast allergy)
•    Special laboratory or medical conditions (e.g., elevated international normalized ratio, chronic kidney disease)

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